Post # 1
Thinking about doing my own invitations, and it would make a lot of my other DIY projects alot easier if I just had the software. How much did it cost you and where did you buy it from? My grandparents used to have it on their old computer but alas, it pooped out on them, but creatig my menus, programs, STD, EVERYTHING would just be easier if I had it.
Post # 3
@chelles07: I dont know very much about photoshop but I would think that Illustator or maybe even Microsoft publisher may work better for what you need. Most librarys have microsoft publisher, and some have illustrator. Photoshop is kind of pricey but it used for mainly photos… You can also download a trial of PS and just use that?
Post # 4
GIMP is a free open source image editor with most of the same options as Photoshop. As Captain013 mentioned, though, it’s really for image editing/creation and won’t do you much good laying out invites.
Post # 5
Some people get it illegally, and it’s very easy, but I will NOT tell you how to do it. I won’t tell you to download BitLord, and I won’t tell you to check out btjunkie and other torrent download sites, and I certainly won’t tell you to get on Google and research how torrent files work. That would be just awful behavior, and I won’t be party to it.
Post # 6
I got mine for 175 while I was still in school
I was thinking of doing my own invitations, but I might just stick to monograms lol
Post # 7
I do *everything* in photoshop. I created out invites, STD’s and also do cards for clients @Captain013:
anyway-my friend moved to a different platform so she gave me hers.
Post # 8
I’m not sure if anyone mentioned this- but you may want to look into photoshop elements if you’re just doing invitations. It’s basically the same thing as photoshop- there’s just not as much. You can snag it on ebay for 20-50 bucks- photoshop is going to be a couple hundred bucks.
Post # 9
The new photoshop is pretty pricey, but if you’re used to working on a different version, then it can be pretty cheap. I got mine for free from my dad’s work when it shut down, but they sell pretty cheaply online. You can also download a trial of the new one for a month :).
Post # 10
If you’re in school, the educator discount is great! I think I got it for about $100 through my grad program.
Post # 11
I think ours was like $1000+ but it also came with the entire Adobe suite (FI’s a Mac and iPhone developer so he needs this stuff to do his job). Check craigslist. Legit copies of photoshop are always for sale on our local pages.
Post # 12
haha your post was hilarious.
In some universities, they offer students a ridiculous discount on the student version of these programs. You can maybe get someone you know, like a friend or a niece who is in college, to try and see if they can take advantage of some good deals on such programs.
Post # 13
You can get a free 30 day trial of Photoshop Elements. I used that to do all of our favor tags, placecards, etc right before the wedding.
And if you needed more than 30 days, some people might register for another trial using a different email address, but obviously I do not advise you to do that.
Post # 14
I would reccommend PhotoShop Elements too, it’s around $99.
I would NOT recommend illegal downloads.
Post # 15
you can “rent” photoshop it by signing up for a month-to month subscription. go to adobe.com
also, photoshop is not an appropriate program to do text based layouts. it’s for editing photos. doing layouts that involve a lot of text is going to be extra hard compared to other programs.
(please forgive me for what I’m about to say, I’m not trying to be snarky, I’m just trying to inform…) because you did not know the first two things above, I dare to guess that you don’t know very much about graphic design? therefore, you might find photoshop too advanced and get frustrated.
for a casual user, I recommend you use Publisher. it’s a Microsoft Office product, and it’s good for people who are not graphic designers. if you have the Microsoft Office suite, then it might have come with it.
if you don’t have Publisher, you can download a free trial for about 30 days or so. NOTE: you might not be able to save your documents with a free trial. before you do a lot of work, test it out first and see.
if you feel that you are more advanced, then get Adobe Illustrator or InDesign for your wedding paper stuff, not Photoshop. you can also get a monthly subscription for it and pay less than if you bought the full version.
Post # 16
oh gawd, I just read my comment above from yesterday. it did sound snarky. I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to! I was just trying to let you know the differences.
anyway, let me know if you have any questions. I’m a graphic designer so I know lots about these programs (including publisher).